The Brig

New York: The Living Theatre, 1963. Vintage script for the 1963 Off Broadway play, INSCRIBED on the title page in 1985 by The Living Theatre co-founder—and production designer for the play—Julian Beck: "This is the mimeographed text which The Living Theatre used for its production of the world premiere of the play (May 1963). It precedes all other publications of the play. / Julian Beck / NYC Feb 1985."

"The Brig" premiered at The Living Theatre on May 13, 1963, directed by Judith Malina, starring Warren Finnerty, Jim Anderson, and Henry Howard. It was the recipient of three Obie Awards, for Best Production, Best Design, and Best Direction. Jonas Mekas filmed a 1963 performance of the play after it had closed, which was released in 1964. The Living Theatre revived the play on March 29, 2007 to inaugurate it's new permanent location on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, directed by Judith Malina.

A realistic and anti-authoritarian depiction of a US Marine Corps prison, based on playwright Kenneth H. Brown's experience spending 30 days in a brig for being AWOL while serving with the Third Marines at Camp Fuji, Japan in the 1950s.

Self wrappers, front wrapper integral with the title page, noting credits for playwright Kenneth H. Brown. 52 leaves, with last page of text numbered 2-2-45. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.


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